Category Archives: Maintenance & How-To

How to Change a Battery: DIY Motorcycle Maintenance

At some point you’ve walked out to the bike, turned the key, thumbed the starter button, only to be met with the dreaded “click click click” of a dead battery. I actually went through this several times before I started … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Maintenance: Valve Adjustment with 42k service

Back around the New Year the odometer starting ticking close to 42,000 miles and it was time to change the life blood in the trusty Triumph. When I neared 36k back in September, I had a discussion with friends about … Continue reading

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Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra: Taking it further

A few months back I wrote about changing out my front tire from the Metzeler ME 880 to the new ME 888 Marathon Ultra. This year’s trip to the Dragon Raid had a few casualties, my rear ME 888 that … Continue reading

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DIY Motorcycle Accessories: Old-fashioned Navigation

The past few weeks I’ve been putting several rides together for the different groups I hang out with. The other day it dawned on me that I could really use a rally roadbook reader. What’s a roadbook reader you ask? … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Maintenance: Routine Chain Lubrication

The weatherman has been forecasting doom and gloom for like 3 weeks straight; we got a short respite over the weekend of the 4th, but it’s back to rain again this week. Considering the weather, I decided it was time … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Maintenance: 30,000 mile service (abridged)

All of the exciting spring riding finally caught up to me last weekend; the odometer clicked 30,000 miles and it was time for another service. The modern Triumph twins run full synthetic oil, so the service intervals are every 6,000 miles, … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Maintenance: Routine Chain and Sprocket Replacement

While out sampling the fine Camden cuisine a couple weeks back, parked in front of The Depot, I noticed a piece of rubber O-ring seal protruding from my chain. With just shy of 26,000 miles, that chain’s days were numbered, … Continue reading

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DIY Motorcycle Accessories: Homemade Hand Guards

A new RAT pack member asked me the other day where I got my “BarkBusters” (Hand Guards) from. As it turns out, I actually made the hand guards and the windscreen on my bike, so I figured I’d share a … Continue reading

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Going the distance: Metzeler Marathon ME 880

While not specifically covered in my review of the Triumph Speedmaster, the bike came with some pretty sweet options for an “entry level” motorcycle. I’m a big fan of the adjustable levers, 90 degree hard valve stems, and the bulletproof … Continue reading

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Surviving the Winter: Motorcycle Maintenance

Taking a little joy ride wasn’t the only time I spent with my ride last weekend; I also dedicated about 2 hours to some necessary maintenance that I truly despise: polishing aluminum. Why… -just why on earth do manufacturers sell … Continue reading

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